I attended the #AntmanAndTheWaspEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 5/23-5/25. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
An interview with Paul Rudd, who plays Scott Lang in Antman And The Wasp. Antman And The Wasp hits theaters July 6th!
Despite Paul Rudd’s ageless appearance, he has graced the big screen for over 2 decades now. One of my favorite roles of his has to be Josh in Clueless. Can you believe it was 23 years since Clueless was first released? And who can forget him as David in The 40 Year Old Virgin, or Tim in Dinner For Schmucks even his stellar performance as Phoebe’s boyfriend on Friends? One of my favorite Paul performances has to be Tayne in the Celery Man bit from Tim And Eric.
Paul Rudd is a true comic genius, which it is why it is not too surprising the new Marvel film Antman And The Wasp is hilarious! Paul not only co-starred in the new film but was also part of the writing team, I can nott think of a better choice. Well done, Marvel, well done!
While in Los Angeles earlier this week to cover the new Marvel film Antman And The Wasp, I along with 24 other top notch bloggers had the opportunity to interview Paul on the new film and his role as Scott Lang. As you may be aware, Paul is neither a newcomer to the Marvel Universe nor a newcomer to blogger interviews. I personally have been a part of interviewing hi for the first Ant-man as well as an interview with him on the set of Ant-man And The Wasp.
And Paul was ready for us, cheering us on as he entered a room full of bloggers cheering for him exclaiming,
“Gosh, I haven’t even started. Oh my God I’m not going to joke, my reaction is just to immediately join in. My heart is racing. Yeah they asked me do you want coffee, I don’t need coffee!” And the interview just got better from there. Take a look at some of the highlights.
A Family Friendly Film
We feel that we have our own kind of space within this Marvel Cinematic Universe and our own tone with the films. While we want it to work within the universe and want it to be enjoyable for all ages, we’re dealing with parents and children. This is a theme that runs throughout this story. A lot of kids want to see these movies and sometimes there’s some scary things in them. Or there’s some violent things in them that might be a little too intense. So we wanted to make a movie that was enjoyable for lots of people. We wanted it to be funny, but we also wanted it to be engaging and moving in some way. We wanted it to be visually stunning, even more than the first one. And we wanted the action and the effects to be bigger and better. We were trying to do a lot.
I can attest to the fact this movie is for ages across the board. While I was at a pre-screening of the film, a friend of my brought his kids which ranged in ages 4 and up. At the end of the movie I asked how the youngest liked it and he said she enjoyed it and sat through it all!
On Working With Abby Ryder Fortson & His Own Daughter
Abby, the girl who plays Cassie is very talented, she’s a really good actress and a good kid. It was our second time working together, so we already have trust, we get on really well. I love working with her and I love doing those scenes with her. I like working with kids because you don’t really know what they’re going to do and you just kind of go off of what they’re doing and if you can establish a relationship outside of the filmmaking, just hanging around set, it can be really fun to film scenes with kids.
My daughter is a little bit younger but not much. Those kinds of scenes are accessible to me because I’ve been in them, I know what that’s like. Also, it’s one of my favorite things because I share that with my own daughter and she loves it. At first when she was very young, I used to think, is it going to be weird. Instead it’s the opposite. She really loves it because I tell her you’re the real Cassie. And I do little things in the movie that are little things for her.
You bet that last part got a whole lot of “Awwwwws” from the crowd!
Paul Thought On His Co-Stars
Paul had such nice things to say about all of his co-stars, you could tell they had a great dynamic on set.
On His Friendship With Michael Douglas
I love him so much. You can do anything with Michael Douglas and it just has gravitas. And he’s been in so many films that I’ve loved for so long, all of us really. As much as I admire and appreciate him as an actor, I have now come to admire and appreciate and love him even more as a guy, as a friend. When he’s on set, he’s just so kind of funny and easy going. We’ve gotten to the point now where we can talk about life things, not just script stuff and movie stuff and instead, world events and sports and families, we talk a lot about our kids. I feel like we’ve become friends which is still baffling to me, that I can say he would be a friend. But I really-really love the guy.
On Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp And The Family Aspect In The Film
It’s great being in a film costarring with Evangeline, it’s a duo. Actually the female character is the one who’s really better suited for the job, in all honesty. It’s a family business and she’s born into it.
Working With Michelle Pfeiffer Again
She’s so nice and she’s just a really lovely person. I’ve worked with her before and it was great because I hadn’t seen her in a while and she was a very-very sweet person. Very smart. Very funny in ways I think people might not know. She’s very wry and she’s got a real stealthy cool sense of humor, I find.
Meeting Hannah John-Kamen
This has turned into a love fest for sure. Hannah and I met on this film and she’s really, really talented. I’d seen her in other things and I was like, oh she’s really good. And very cool. We talked about music.
Antman And The Wasp Hits Theaters July 6th!
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